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Week 14

The Abdo piece looks at American support during the attempted Iranian revolution in 2009.  Abdo points out that America did not back this revolution and, “In the end, the state cracked down, the protestors lost momentum, and the movement failed.” … Continue reading

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Week 13

Zhou et al. points out that the influence of social media during the Egyptian revolution should not be overestimated. He also points out that only one fifth of Egyptians got their news from social media. My question is, what do … Continue reading

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Week 12

Gladwell first asserts that social media tools like Facebook and Twitter have recently reinvented social activism. Social media had made it so that authority and popular will do not have the same relationship that they have in the past. Now, … Continue reading

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Week 11

In Kurzman’s “Structural opportunity and perceived opportunity in social-movement theory: The Iranian Revolution if 1979” he looks at what happens when the structural opportunities and perceived opportunities do not match. In the case of the Iranian revolution he concludes that … Continue reading

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Week 10

The article “Republicans Embrace Twitter Hard for ‘12”, writes about the table turn that the Obama campaign is currently facing for the 2012 election. In 2008 the Obama campaign capitalized big time on social media, a medium that Republicans did … Continue reading

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Week 9

At the beginning of Kreiss’s piece his made a few points that I had already touched on in a few of my previous posts, which was quite encouraging to read. Kreiss says that social media did provide votes, in 2008, … Continue reading

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Week 8

Both of these readings showed how drastically political campaigns can both rise and fall. In a matter of days your campaign can be competing with the big boys, and a short time later is can be taking in huge losses. … Continue reading

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